Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty & Britten’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra

Feb 3

8:00 PM

Walton, Britten, Tchaikovsky

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bramwell Tovey, “one of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world” (, makes his CSO subscription series debut with a program featuring Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, the composer’s famous theme and variations that spotlight each section of the ensemble. Tchaikovsky’s music from Act 2 of Sleeping Beauty contains one of his most beloved waltzes.

Note for the Newcomer: Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra serves as a playful introduction to a typical orchestra's lineup, with a main theme passed between each main instrument "family": woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion. It was also featured prominently in Wes Anderson's 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom.


Walton Orb and Sceptre, Coronation March
Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Act 2 from Sleeping Beauty

Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversation with Johann Buis
30 minute run-time

Friday, February 3, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, February 4, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

When Bramwell Tovey makes his downtown debut, he'll lead the CSO in its first-ever concert performances of the complete Act 2 from Tchaikovsky’s celebrated ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. Tovey, who started his podium career as staff conductor of the London Festival Ballet, loves the work: “From the opening of the horn fanfare through to the end of the act is some of the most incredible music that Tchaikovsky ever wrote." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


Saturday’s concert is sponsored by Baxter International Inc.